Bullitt ★★★½

Solid rather than spectacular, but mainly because of how much of its style was appropriated for the even-better crime thrillers of the 70s. While the films that followed managed to improve on the action, the twisty crime investigation thrills and the gritty atmosphere, there are two areas where Bullitt still sits at the top of the pile. One is the awesome geography of San Francisco, which lends itself perfectly to a good car chase, and the other is the iconic cool of the leading character. Steve McQueen might not have a huge amount to work with here but he sells the hell out of it.

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